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The experience of employment strain and activation among temporary agency workers in Canada

The experience of employment strain and activation among temporary agency workers in Canada


Title: The experience of employment strain and activation among temporary agency workers in Canada
Author: Bosmans, Kim
Lewchuk, Wayne
De Cuyper, Nele
Hardonk, Stefan
Van Aerden, Karen
Vanroelen, Christophe
Date: 2017-01
Language: English
Scope: 1306914
University/Institute: Háskóli Íslands
University of Iceland
School: Félagsvísindasvið (HÍ)
School of Social Sciences (UI)
Department: Rannsóknasetur í fötlunarfræðum (HÍ)
Centre for Disability Studies (UI)
Series: Society, Health & Vulnerability;8(1)
ISSN: 2002-1518
DOI: 10.1080/20021518.2017.1306914
Subject: Employment strain; Precarious employment; Qualitative research; Social stress model; Temporary agency employment; Megindlegar rannsóknir; Atvinnumál; Streita; Farandverkafólk
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11815/326

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Bosmans, K., Lewchuk, W., De Cuyper, N., Hardonk, S., Van Aerden, K., & Vanroelen, C. (2017). The experience of employment strain and activation among temporary agency workers in Canada. Society, Health & Vulnerability, 8(1), 1306914. doi:10.1080/20021518.2017.1306914

Abstract:

This article integrates the employment strain model with the social stress model in order to reveal the mechanisms that explain the relation between precarious employment and mental well-being. This model is applied to the case of temporary agency employment by analysing 41 in-depth interviews with temporary agency workers from Canada. The results show how temporary agency workers perceive employment-related uncertainties and efforts mainly as negative and to a lesser extent as positive experiences, respectively evoking strain or activation. Further, it is revealed how uncertainties and efforts mutually reinforce each other, which increases strain, and how support can serve as a buffer.

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